Uganda: Paraffin Politics Up in Smoke

[Independent]Josephine, 28, a mother of two living in Lusaze, a Kampala suburb, has not been happy since the news broke on Oct. 8 that Parliament had finally seconded President Yoweri Museveni's proposal to reinstate Shs 200 [excise duty] on Kerosene (paraffin). Josephine sometimes uses Kerosene in her stove for cooking and her lamp for lighting. "That extra 200 shillings means a lot to me who uses two litres of Kerosene every week," she argues, adding it can buy some small items for me. Without the new tax, Josephine